From the Author
As a child I never questioned why it was that I was born in Hong Kong and why my family lived in exotic places like India, Libya and Iran. It was just how it was and I loved the excitement of traveling to far away places, hearing different languages, eating local foods and exploring each new place we lived.
Only later did I realize that I was actually the son of a British MI6 operative - a low level intelligence gatherer - and only then did many aspects and events of our life become clear to me.
Then, as a young man, I joined the elite British Parachute Regiment. It was a way to provide a secure future for my family and in some far recess of my yet uninformed mind I thought it would be a continuation of my life of adventure. It was, but not in ways that I expected. Suffice it to say that after 8 years of service in different parts of the world, I left the army after two bloody tours in Northern Ireland with half my guts missing and have required numerous life saving operations since. Living with the reminder of hatred and war each day is a sobering and life changing experience.
AN UNQUIET AMERICAN is a semi-autobiographical novel, in that it draws on many of my life experiences and those of people close to me. Much of Rufus Reed's life experiences are like mine, though I must say he is a much more intriguing, intelligent, measured and likeable character than I could ever claim to be! I
can't deny that AN UNQUIET AMERICAN reflects my own strong beliefs,
interpretation of history and conclusions about why our world is the way it is. I can't deny that I have a deep dislike and distrust of politicians who curtail
our freedoms and try to rewrite history or determine its course to suit their
own ends. I personally believe
that power, greed and religious fervour cause most of the pain, anguish
and conflict in the world and those negative experiences can be avoided, if we simply remember that we are one species and that what hurts
one of us hurts us all.
I am also very much of an optimist at heart. I believe in the strength of the human spirit, in the power
of love and still believe and hope that "good" will prevail over
"evil". That optimism
pervades the action and, I hope, the feeling that the reader is left with after all the twists and turns of the story. I just hope you enjoy reading it, as much as I enjoyed writing it!
About the Author
AFN Clarke is the bestselling author of the nonfiction book CONTACT which
was serialized in a British national newspaper and made into an award winning
film by BBCTV. He also writes
fiction of various genres. He's lived
all over the world, served in the British army, had a near death experience,
lost half his insides and recovered from the physical and emotional traumas of
war. A proud father of four
daughters, writer, pilot, race car driver, screen writer, he also loves to
sail, listen to opera, cook gourmet meals, drink red wine, read good books,
have heated discussions and travel off the beaten path.
Writing mainly fiction
these days, he favors politically charged thrillers, suspense and intrigue, humorous satire and books about the challenges of human
relationships, all of which reveal his curiosity about the world and his strong belief in the overwhelming power of love, laughter and of the human
Books include: Contact, The Orange Moon Affair
and The Jonas Trust Deception
(the Thomas Gunn thriller series), Dry
Tortugas, An Unquiet American, The Book of Baker Series (Dreams from the Death Age; Armageddon; Genesis Revisited), Collisions, with more coming soon. Author website: afnclarke.com.